Director, London College of Music Examinations, University of West London
Prof. Dr. John Howard
Advisory Board Member
John Howard is active as a composer, music educator/musicologist, and conductor. He read music at the University of Durham, and subsequently received his PhD there. He studied composition with David Lumsdaine. His music has been widely commissioned, performed and broadcast internationally, and his output includes four works for the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and one for the p'ip'a virtuoso, Wong Ching Ping.
He was commissioned by Meriel Dickinson, the English Brass Ensemble, Bronwen Naish, Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band, Gemini, the Medici String Quartet, Ronald Lumsden, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and others.
His music has been performed by many distinguished performers including Peter Lawson, Richard Deering, Lontano, London Sinfonietta Voices, Electric Phoenix, Resonance, Inter-Artes, the London Collegiate Brass, Mary Weigold, and John Bingham.
Recent work includes There the Dance is, for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, two string quartets for the Medici Quartet, and African Toccata, a solo piano piece for Julian Hellaby.
Music education publications include several articles for Music File, two books for Cambridge University Press, and two secondary school textbooks for Singapore (Exploring Music 1 and 2, Pansing Books).
He has extensive experience as an examiner and adjudicator of bands, Chinese orchestras and ensembles, and choirs, having adjudicated many times at the Singapore Youth Festival, and at competitions and festivals in London, Genting, and other places.
His examining work gives him extensive international experience, in Asia, Africa, Europe, USA and Canada..